A Man For These Diminished Times Sport can take fans' minds off their troubles, but not in 2008. This year, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, our saint of the perpetual frown, reflects the glum national mood — especially with quarterback Tom Brady out for the season.
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A Man For These Diminished Times

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A Man For These Diminished Times

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Better Days: Bill Belichick (right) shakes Tom Brady's hand after a December 2007 victory. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

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Better Days: Bill Belichick (right) shakes Tom Brady's hand after a December 2007 victory.

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